A group of hardy native American plants that are well worth giving a spot in the garden! Their flowers provide a strong vertical effect, and their color is brilliant in shades of blueish-purple. They are unusual in that their flower spikes open from the top down rather than in the reverse, which is more common. It is a staple item for cutting gardens, and it adds a bright vertical element to bouquets. Narrow, opposite leaves are up to 10 inches long at the base of the plant and decrease in length up the stems.
Tolerant of harsh growing conditions such as poor soil, heat, humidity and drought, but is most moisture tolerant of the genus. L. spicata prefers more moisture than other members of the Liatris family, and thrives in well-drained soil in full sun. It is a suitable choice for southern gardens since it is very tolerant of hot summers. The roots of this genus are tuberous, and they may be lifted every few years and divided. When doing so, use a sharp knife, allow at least one eye per division, and dust the newly cut ends with a fungicidal powder before replanting at a depth of 4 to 6 inches. This perennial may require staking.
July and August
Sun to part sun
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